Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Erdigg House: The Great, The Good, And The, Um, Interesting

Shorter version: WWI was not kind to the Yorke family nor the house. In 1922, Simon Yorke, eldest son, inherited the place. He disconnected the electricity and phones, reduced the already reduced staff, forbade wheeled traffic on the estate (even prams), and lived for 40 years as a relative hermit. Interesting. Sometimes, this is how things get preserved. (Getting buried under volcanic ash also works). He died in 1966 and was succeeded by Peter Yorke, III, who is the hero of the story. He garnered support from many sources to put things aright, and it was he who gave the estate, and its incredible collection, to the National Trust in 1973. Below are a few of many pix of the upstairs, so to speak, a few with commentary.

Recently restored Victorian home organ

The tubular bells; guests were summoned to
full breakfast (9:30AM), luncheon (1PM),
afternoon tea (5PM), warning to be dressed
for dinner (7PM), and dinner (8PM), each with
a different tune played on the bells

Waste not, want not...the legs here are from a disused bed

The V&A examined and restored the state bedroom and
returned it to Erdigg on the condition it be displayed behind
glass and in controlled light/temp/humidity...said to be the 2nd
best-preserved state bedroom in the nation

Moving right along...a Victorian shower 

Now in the play room


Doll house; note same Steiff bear we saw in Ireland

Noah's Ark set

In the chapel

A display room of Victorian oddities and curiosities

Another National Trust gem

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